Bernadette Hall

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Hall (left), after her investiture as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit by the Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy, on 23 May 2017

Bernadette Hall MNZM (born 1945 in Alexandra, New Zealand) is a New Zealand writer and poet. She was raised in what she describes as "a small-city Catholic community that was proud, theatrical and pretty much enclosed."[1] After a career as a teacher of Latin and classical studies she started writing full-time in her forties.[2] She has held residencies at both Canterbury University and Victoria University[3] and is widely published.[1][4][5] She spent 10 years as the editor of Takahe magazine and five as the poetry editor of The Press, Christchurch's main daily newspaper.[5]

Hall's The Lustre Jug is a finalist in the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Awards.[6]



  • Glad and the Angels (1992)[5]
  • The Clothesline (1993)[7]
  • The Girl Who Sings Waterfalls (1992)[7]

Poetry Collections[edit]

  • Heartwood (Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1989)[8]
  • of Elephants etc. (Untold Press, 1990)[8]
  • The Persistent Levitator (VUP, 1994)[8]
  • Still Talking (VUP, 1997)[8]
  • Settler Dreaming (VUP, 2001)[8]
  • Merino Princess: Selected poems (VUP, 2004)[5]
  • The Ponies (VUP, 2007)[5]
  • The Lustre Jug (VUP, 2009)[5]

Awards and honours[edit]